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Old 10-19-2007, 03:21 AM - Thread Starter
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The new service for the Playstation 3, PlayTV will have 2 TV tuners, which are able to view, record & play back HD signals in 1080P.

PlayTV for the PS3 features 2 1080P tuners

Seamless connectivity with PSP allows you to set recordings, watch Live TV and recorded TV programmes remotely on PSP via a Wi-Fi connection (using Remote Play feature).

Unlike the electronic programme guides found on conventional satellite and cable services, PlayTV's EPG is lightning fast & simple to use. PlayTV will evolve with time & updated by the PLAYSTATION Network.
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Should I be concerned that nobody has so much as guesstimated a price on this yet? I very much want, but not for more than $200 (and it's not like Sony is in the value electronics business).
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There isn't a single 1080P signal broadcast in the United States nor will there be for years and years.

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PlayTV is a european company. When they look at using a DVR feature fo the US it will be a different product.
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Europe's got 1080p broadcast? Didn't realized that.
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Europe's got 1080p broadcast? Didn't realized that.

if this is correct you are correct.


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Due to bandwidth limitations of broadcast frequencies, the ATSC and DVB have standardized only the frame rates of 24, 25, and 30 frames per second (1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p30). Higher frame rates, such as 1080p50 and 1080p60, could only be sent over normal-bandwidth channels if a more advanced codec (such as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) were used. Higher frame rates such as 1080p50 and 1080p60 are foreseen as the future broadcasting standard for production

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p
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I know the standards. But is there actually commercial OTA or DBS broadcast that is in 1080p?
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Would be interested in this when if/when it comes to the US if the cost wasn't prohibitive.
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Here's another link: http://kotaku.com/gaming/gc07/sony-t...dvr-292317.php

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Leipzig, 22 August 2007. At Games Convention today, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced the introduction of PlayTV, a combined TV tuner and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3). PlayTV will be available in UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain early in 2008, with other PAL territories to follow in due course.

So obviously it's not coming to the US right away. Hopefully later.

I found one thing intriguing:

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Alternatively, quickly transcode recorded TV shows for high quality viewing to PSP by USB cable for remote viewing away from the home.

Which makes me wonder if Sony would ever consider giving the PS3 the ability to download a DVD to the PSP so you could watch it on your PSP while you were on a plane, or something like that? I know this can be done with other tools, but it would be nice if it was easy!

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For more OFFICIAL information, visit the following links from time to time:

http://uk.playstation.com/games-medi...yTV-is-coming/

http://uk.playstation.com/ps3/hardwa...102429/PlayTV/
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I know the standards. But is there actually commercial OTA or DBS broadcast that is in 1080p?

I have heard that Dish has started 1080p VOD.
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I heard you can't record HD content ?

There is always someone out there that gives you opinion of a product that they don't even own.
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I've read they are working on recording HD, but it's probably not there at launch. My brother lives in the UK so I've sort of kept up with this a little bit.
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Will this work on an NA PS3 if you live in Europe?

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This sounds cool, but honestly the PS3 is not powerful enough to handle recording in the background while you play games. So this may be a good idea if you have 2nd PS3 dedicated to just handling DVR services.

I actually would prefer an add-on for the PC that allows recording of satellite or cable HD (cablecard support).

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This sounds cool, but honestly the PS3 is not powerful enough to handle recording in the background while you play games. So this may be a good idea if you have 2nd PS3 dedicated to just handling DVR services.

I actually would prefer an add-on for the PC that allows recording of satellite or cable HD (cablecard support).

I know they have some issues but I dont see why it is not powerful enough. all they have to do is write the DVB/MPEG2 bitstream to the harddrive, not a big deal. Decoding the video I could see being a bit more difficult.
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This sounds cool, but honestly the PS3 is not powerful enough to handle recording in the background while you play games. So this may be a good idea if you have 2nd PS3 dedicated to just handling DVR services.

If you haven't been reading, they already have this working as of the 2.41 update. So honestly, yes it is possible to record (SD at this time) and play games at the same time.
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I'm only interested in HD recording. SD recording can already be done, and done well by various capture cards on the PC.

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This product would be kinda worthless unless it supports cable cards. Other wise you'd end up having to connect this thing to your providers cable box in order to get most of your channels

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This sounds cool, but honestly the PS3 is not powerful enough to handle recording in the background while you play games. So this may be a good idea if you have 2nd PS3 dedicated to just handling DVR services.

Umm all that happens in record mode is it streams the digital stream to a fiel on your HDD. No "processing" gets done ot the image, so very little overhead. Yes it may effect some games as HDD access speed will be reduced, but as far as processor overhead - it's exceptionally small.

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Will this work on an NA PS3 if you live in Europe?

Should do.

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I'm only interested in HD recording. SD recording can already be done, and done well by various capture cards on the PC.

The reason why the can;t advertise it as HD recording at lauch is because the UK does not have HD over DVB-T yet. Technically the addon is not the limiting factor here.

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I'm only interested in HD recording. SD recording can already be done, and done well by various capture cards on the PC.

So can HD recording. I do it all the time. Look at this website for more info:
http://www.gbpvr.com
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So can HD recording. I do it all the time. Look at this website for more info:
http://www.gbpvr.com

I actually have not kept up with recent developments, but can you actually record from a cable or satellite provider (not over the air; not unencrypted channels)?

I realize the ability to record over the air HD or unencrypted cable channels has been around for a long time.

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I know they have some issues but I dont see why it is not powerful enough. all they have to do is write the DVB/MPEG2 bitstream to the harddrive, not a big deal. Decoding the video I could see being a bit more difficult.

Sony said it may slow down games while it is recording.

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I realize the ability to record over the air HD or unencrypted cable channels has been around for a long time.

W/o cable card support it will not work w/ us providers.

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For those of you who are interested, you can find the manual for PlayTV here:

http://uk.playstation.com/media/1215...TV_ENG_V11.pdf
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Sony should put Tru2Way with Downloadable Conditional Access System in PS3 once it's certified. Makes PS3 a DVR instantly.

Ya. I know. It's a pipe dream...
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